SAN ANTONIO, Tx. – When Rich Foster quit his job as a used car salesman back in 1997 to try his hand at funeral directing, he knew he was entering a lucrative business. “People die every day,” the son of a slaughterhouse kill floor supervisor told News 4 San Antonio. “The way I see it, my job is to turn what is otherwise a bleak and dismal situation into something beautiful.”
Now, a new Texas law requiring women to bury their aborted fetuses has the potential to double, or even triple, Foster’s already booming profits. “We’re very excited for the future,” he told News 4. “This is huge for the funeral industry.” So huge, in fact, that Foster and a longtime business associate recently pooled together nearly $1 million to launch a startup company specializing in handcrafted caskets built specifically for fetuses and fetal tissue.
“We’re doing some very interesting things and really trying to move away from the traditional style caskets that most people are used to seeing,” Foster explained. “Right now our clients have the option of choosing from a number of very elegant casket styles. My personal favorite is our 2.75-inch cherry oak Signature casket.” Affordably priced between $899 and $1,199 with the option to add a variety of upgrades, Foster said the matchbox-sized casket is an ideal choice for most fetuses aborted during the first trimester.
“For anything beyond that first trimester, we offer a wide selection of attractive cases which you’ll find on display in our showroom.” Foster continued, saying, “These pieces range in size from a child’s lunch box all the way up to the exquisite Foster’s Limited Edition; this is a shoe box-sized glass sarcophagus available in both polished and stained glass.” The Limited Edition casket, which Foster claims is in high demand, sells for a whopping $7,899 before additional upgrades such as plush lining or a miniature down pillow. “For those wish to avoid the stress of a financial burden in their time of grieving, we offer a very convenient and flexible payment plan,” he added.
However, Foster says his business model is about more than just selling high-end caskets to the discerning mourner. “Our clients have the option of choosing from an assortment of affordable funeral and memorial packages,” he said. The Standard Service, Foster’s most popular package, which is priced at $2,399, includes a wake or viewing and a traditional burial ceremony. “It’s like any other service you might attend,” Foster admitted. However, the difference, he said, is in the presentation. “We decorate the casket with a beautiful floral bouquet and adorn the surrounding walls with high-resolution ultrasound photographs provided at no additional cost by your doctor. All in all, you’re paying for a very tasteful service.”